Tough call lead to close loss for Woodridge girls basketball

by Jim Isabella | Correspondent Published:

A bad call might be the reason Woodridge's title defense of the Portage Trail Conference County Division is in jeopardy.

A turnover and a layup by Kapri Watson that was called a charge were keys in the final minute as the Bulldogs lost at Southeast 53-49 on Jan. 16.

The loss gives the Bulldogs a record 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the PTC County.

Losing to the first place Pirates was a two-game swing and virtually eliminated any chance of the Bulldogs taking the title or the likelihood of becoming co-champs.

"They are well-coached, so I don't think they are likely to go on a long losing streak," said Woodridge coach Chris Esterak. "It was a bad call and we only had seven foul shots to their 18. But, we tell the girls we can't worry about the officials; we can only worry about what we control.

"There were times we lost our rotation. This was a battle of inside games. It was a very good effort."

Post players Lizzie Wilkinson and Kara Kelleher had big games. Wilkinson put up 25 points and 13 rebounds and Kelleher had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

It was also a tough loss coming off an impressive win.

The Bulldogs defeated visiting Windham 78-54 Jan. 12, a game which really pleased Esterak.

"Might be the best game I've seen played around here. We totally dominated from start to finish," Esterak said. "This was that game we were looking for; a complete came where everything came together."

Wilkinson had her usual double-double, this time scoring 3 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Watson played well, too, with 19 points, seven assists and four steals. Abbe Esterak had 18 points, seven assists and three steals.

The Bulldogs plays Jan. 23 hosting Mogadore, then are off until Jan. 30 when they host Garrettsville.

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